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To celebrate our redesigned site, as well as a Spring list bursting with exciting titles, Lark Jewelry & Beading is giving away a bundle of 14 fantastic books.

The books include signed copies of Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery, Creating Glass Beads by Jeri Warhaftig, Steel Wire Jewelry by Brenda Schweder, and 30-Minute Rings by Marthe Le Van, in addition to these unsigned-but-still-oh-so-sweet titles:
Vintage Jewelry Design
500 Silver Jewelry Designs
Masters: Polymer Clay
Elegant Wire Jewelry
The Art of Jewelry: Polymer Clay
The Penland Book of Jewelry
Polymer Clay Beads

Want more? Of course you do! So we’re adding in signed copies of the first three titles in the bestselling Beadweaving Master Class series the Sherry Serafini book is a part of: Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving, Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence, and the wonderful book that debuted the series, Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork.

How to enter for a chance to win these 14 amazing books? It’s easy: Leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, May 2. Any comment will do, but how about taking a look at our Lark Jewelry & Beading Facebook page and commenting right here about what sort of information you’d like us to be posting on Facebook. We’d also love to know how you use social media.

One winner will be selected at random and contacted by May 4. Click here for the official rules.

Good luck, and please do “Like” and share on Facebook,your blog, and Twitter the Lark Jewelry & Beading Facebook page to encourage your friends to share jewelry and beading news, exhibit info, interviews, calls for entry, and images of their latest work. We’ll do the same. And thank you!

 
 
 
 
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Have you “red” this post?

April 22, 2011, 19:08 pm  Posted by Lark
 

This photo, and instructions for making beet-root dyed eggs, are on http://www.organicallycooked.com/2008/04/beetroot-salad-and-egg-dye-for-greek.html

Every Friday evening, I post a set of project instructions.

Practically everyone in the office has left for a long Easter weekend. It’s so quiet!

Egg hunts and chocolate bunnies and roast lamb…in deciding which project instructions to post today, I couldn’t help thinking about Easter traditions. Did you know Easter ain’t Easter in Greece without red-dyed hard-boiled eggs? (I think they’re just gorgeous.) The best way to get them this shade is by dyeing them in onion skins, of all things, that you’ve simmered in water for 30 minutes!

Now, doesn’t the ring below right, which was designed by Cynthia Del Giudice, kind of look like Greek Easter eggs? Okay, okay, it’s sort of a stretch. It doesn’t matter, though—you can still enjoy the instructions, which you can download by clicking here. They’re from the recently released book 30-Minute Rings, by Marthe Le Van. Every one of the awesome projects in this book can be made in 30 minutes or less.

Notice, too, how cleverly I tied 30 minutes of boiling onion skins to 30 minutes of crafting.

Design by Cynthia Del Giudice

 
 
 
 
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Free Project Friday: Hoppy Weekend

April 22, 2011, 11:19 am  Posted by needlearts
 

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, there’s something about springtime and bunnies that just seems right. A change of weather, a return of farmers markets, Earth Day…all of these things go perfect with a bunny.

We’re not the only ones who think so: For the past few weeks we’ve been noticing all sorts of bunny projects jumping around out there–from teeny tiny ones at Mochimochi Land to finger puppets over at Purl Soho. Now it’s finally time to share a soft, stuffed friend of our own. So this Free Project Friday, we’re going with one of our friends from Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves: Hoppy!

Download the project here.

And don’t forget the template right here.

Or, if you’re not up for making anything but really want a stuffed bunny, check out the designer’s store! Sleepy King on Etsy has all sorts of charming stuffies for sale…

 
 
 
 
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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

April 22, 2011, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year, both held annually during spring in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere. Many cities now extend the schedule of Earth Day observance events to be an entire week or month. These events are designed to encourage environmentally aware behaviors, including increased recycling, improved energy-efficiency, and reduction in disposable items.

In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson, inspired by the grass-roots momentum and energy behind anti-Vietnam War demonstrations known as “teach-ins,” announced the inception of a day devoted to a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate.  The event soon took on a life of its own with 20 million demonstrators and participation from thousands of schools and local communities.

Earth Day has done so much to bring environmental causes into the spotlight and to motivate people en masse to take action. While it remains a wonderful way to have an annual check-in on our progress and push citizens and government to take further action, shouldn’t we consider giving the environmental a permanent spotlight in our thinking? In today’s rapidly changing world when the urgency of large-scale shifts in our modes of thinking and behavior are required, it seems useful, even necessary, to consider every day Earth Day.

As crafters and DIY-ers, I think it’s important to bring these practices into our creative processes, from the materials we use to the projects we make. Some of my favorite eco craft links include: InhabitatTreehugger, Readymade, Crafting a Green World, and Sew Green. Check them out for inspiring eco-minded stories and information.

Lark is a strong proponent of eco crafts with a variety of books that provide a wealth of inspiration to look at your crafting in a new environmentally-minded light. Check out the following books: Eco Craft, AwareKnits, Fantastic Recycled Plastic, Eco Books, Candlemaking the Natural Way, and Soapmaking the Natural Way. Projects from these books can help better connect you (as well as your crafty friends and family) with the need to view your crafting materials with new eyes.

 
 
 
 
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Spring into Summer Jewelry

April 20, 2011, 17:30 pm  Posted by Lark Jewelry & Beading
 

For My Dolly, Barefoot Sandals

The Shag Bag, Cuff Bracelets

Märta Mattsson, Brooch: Reversed Beauty

Cherry blossoms, baby bunnies, and bare feet…Oh yes, it’s springtime! And if this warm and fuzzy feeling wasn’t enough to melt the heart of a certain editor who shall remain nameless, it’s also jewelry trade show season…and spring book release season…and summer jewelry season…

—stream of conscious writing comes to a screeching halt—

What? Summer jewelry? Jewelry has a season? Wait a minute…can jewelry be seasonal?

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Spring Studio Stroll: Sandy Stone

April 20, 2011, 14:24 pm  Posted by needlearts
 

Welcome back to our Spring Studio Stroll. Join us as we take you on a journey across the country to visit some of our authors. They let us take a peek at their spaces, so we can all see where the magic happens! This week we’ll visit Minnesota to see the inspiring space of Sandy Stone, designer and author of Fabric Remix. Ok, take it away Sandy!

I love the short, vertical commute to my second-story work space in our home. With large windows on three sides, it’s like working in a tree house…amongst leaves in the summertime and overlooking snow-covered rooftops come winter. My collection of vintage scarves covers all four walls.

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Craft & diorama fun featuring Peeps!

April 20, 2011, 09:51 am  Posted by Lark
 

peeps

When Easter comes around, what sweet treat do you think of? Chocolate bunnies? Jelly beans? I immediately think of the sugary goodness of fluorescent Peeps. No Easter basket is complete without some Peeps! Yellow chick Peeps. Pink bunny Peeps. Chocolate covered Peeps. All kinds of Peeps! Who doesn’t love Peeps? And even if you don’t like their marshmallowy goodness (are you crazy?!) aren’t they still the cutest things ever?!

Peeps have moved beyond just being a sugary Easter treat. There are some awesome dioramas being created, featuring Peeps in various settings from rock concerts to soccer to Peep weddings. And haven’t you always wanted a Peep necklace or Peep scarf? No worries! Some amazing crafters have turned Peeps into jewelry, crocheted plushies, and more. Continue on for some of my favorite finds…

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The DeStash Diaries, Vol. 25—Boro Boro

April 19, 2011, 15:32 pm  Posted by needlearts
 

Wow…is this really my 25th DeStash post? Well I guess so. This week I’m riffing off our great Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves giveaways (one ending 4.22 and the other ending 4.29) and sharing a boro scarf I made a couple of years ago using vintage kimono scraps. I figured since Ray starred in his post a few days ago, I could model the scarf for you in this photo. J/K Ray….

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Paper Jewelry

April 19, 2011, 15:18 pm  Posted by Lark
 

purple folded earringspaper ringFor my next gallery I’ve looked at paper as a material used in making jewelry. It’s easy to see the appeal of paper. It’s abundant, colorful and inexpensive.  Paper can be cut, folded, sewn and woven. It adapts beautifully from recycled to upcycled. Other techniques in which it can be used include decoupage, paper-mache, and quilling.  Heck, you can even make your own handmade paper then use it to make your own jewelry. The following collection employs all sorts of different ways paper is used in jewelry.

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Painted Eggs, Painting with Eggs

April 19, 2011, 13:57 pm  Posted by Lark
 

I love the simplicity and usefulness of the egg. It can be painted as a treasure for the Easter holiday, serve as a food source of compact energy and endless variety, or (as you will soon learn) as a miraculous binder for paint.

For all of you making decorated eggs this Easter season here’s a good way to make a lasting object instead of having your creation cracked apart in the service of a holiday snack: remove all of the yolk and whites from the egg shell. You may be surprised to discover that there are a lot of things you can do with the leftovers from inside those shells, but my absolute favorite technique is to paint with it. Yes, that’s right. Read on to find out more about blown out eggs and egg tempera.

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